10 Tips to Take Most Advantages of Job Fair Event

National Job fair for this year is on November 06-07, 2015 at Koh Pich, Phnom Penh. It is organized by the National Employment Agency (NEA) of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training. Every year, this event provides opportunities to you job seeker to get to know and access to various types of vacancies and potential employers from different districts in Phnom Penh.

You meet employer(s) you want to work for face-to-face, learning the company’s, background, products, services, and especially discussing qualification and skills they are looking into and so forth. Sometimes you are invited to get job interview without submitting your resume.

Besides employment opportunities, job fair helps people build network with people who are worth making friends with because many of them are experienced and professional staff. Sounds exciting, right? But how do you prepare yourself for such interesting event?

In this article, I would like to share you 10 tips to help you make the most of out of job fair event.

  1. Bring along things: the first thing you should bring with you is your last updated resume. Most companies provide job seekers with a walk-in-interview. Bring a bag to load things shared/collected during the event. Bring a smart phone or camera to take your pictures or those of job announcement that might interest you.
  2. Listen to the official’s and quest speakers’ speech: Early in the first day’s morning of the event, it is officially opened by high ranking government official. He/she gives speech on employment trend/situation in Cambodia and so forth. What’s more, there are several company representatives giving speech about their institutions. Learning from their speech, you will broaden your knowledge and get prepared for competitive labor market.
  3. Target your dream employer(s): It is good idea if you have already had certain companies in mind that you want to work for, so when you see any of them in the event, you head up towards and get to know them. Drop them your resume, ask questions, and build good communication for current/future job opportunities with them. Also, explore other companies- they might be your other prospective employers that have a job you’ve been looking for.
  1. Leave positive first impression: Be enthusiastic! When meeting people in public, show your interest with a firm handshake, a friendly smile, and a good conversation, especially with company representatives. People are more interested in your personality rather than your hard skills.
  2. Dress properly: You don’t have to wear seriously like when you are working in the office. Wearing your favorite jeans with T-shirt also looks good, but make sure that they are appropriate because you aren’t joining a concert, but selling yourself at a professional job fair event. No pajamas or shorts.
  3. Be prepared to answer questions about yourself: In addition to your resume dropped, most of the time company’s HR staff invite to sit for discussion about your profile so you should be able to present well. To get noticed by employers, you should take the opportunity to include things you’ve achieved with your career. Tell them unique story that makes you stand out of other potential candidates.
  4. Fill in form with recruitment agencies: There are hundreds of current positions and many kinds of vacancies available at recruitment agencies. There a lot of job opportunities, which you may not find on online job posting websites. With HRIINC (Cambodia) Co., Ltd, the most leading recruitment agency in Cambodia, simply drop your last updated resume or take a two-minute to fill in application form and let jobs find you.
  5. Collect name cards: It is networking time so you can collect and ask for name cards for networking contact. Feel free to go to as many companies as possible. Meet and talk to many people as you want. Don’t be an introvert. Build professional networking pool.
  6. Join the game and get free gift: At the same time, you have fun playing games with some companies introducing their demo products probably. Usually, you join with some activities or answering questions about their products and services, and get free gift.
  7. Follow up by email: A few days after the job fair, you can also send out an email to follow up your application or even say thank you. Attach you resume as softcopy if you haven’t dropped it during the event. This way creates and fresh your interest and communication with your dream employers.

Don’t dismiss this opportunity because national job fair happens only once a year. Plan your day at least one morning or afternoon to visit the fair, and learn about your dream employers’ background, build professional network at event. Following the above ways, you will definitely make the best of your time during the event.

Your turn!

If you have other tips or experience with the job fair in your country, please do share with us.

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To Get Hired. How Cambodian Students Challenge?

Preparing for graduation celebration soon? That’s going to be exciting moment after a four-year college life. Your friends and family will definitely be proud of your achievement. Yeah. You guys did an excellent job!

Now you are growing up and it is almost time for you to spread your wings and fly. Your life is going to be tied up to social responsibilities as other members of your society. I believe that the first thing you got to do is to find a job that lives your life. Are you ready to get employed?

Getting a good job for new graduates is not an easy thing to do in Cambodia. You will face a big challenge of finding employment opportunities. There are many jobless people after graduating from university, while some job offers provides fresh graduates with low salary.

The thing is that they haven’t had practical working experience yet. That’s the problem to be solved for Cambodian students when they go for a job.

Worries do not help you get a good job. Keep your chin up and keep moving.

In this article, I will show you what employers look in new graduates besides real working experience. And that’s the way to get yourself prepared for job when you graduate from university.

Here are 9 things that employers look into a candidate when recruiting inexperienced staff:

  1. Hard skills: It refers to the major/skill(s) you learn at school. For example, if you are an IT student, you hard skill are networking, database development, or web programing.
  2. Good English: English is a must for communication at workplace. Report, computer systems, and email communication are all English-based. If you can use one of other foreign languages like Mandarin, Japanese, Thai, or Kean, that would be a plus.
  3. Professional look: The way you dress and behave determines how professional you are. Your hair cut should be like a mature professional staff.
  4. Dynamic and confident: you should be the one who have creative ideas and enthusiastic in producing result. You are confident in speaking and doing things, and getting ahead of other people is what you want.
  5. Good interpersonal skills: you are expected to be extrovert, friendly, respectful, positive, and have ability to get along in teamwork and so on.
  6. Computer: Computer literacy like Ms Word/Excel, Power Point are another skills and necessary for any level of employees. Moreover, you should know how to use programs that go a long with your major. For example, you may need to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw etc. if you major in computer design.
  7. Strong commitment: Commitment refers to how hard you contribute to company’s success rather than your own goal. You are Ok to work overtime and be available when your employer needs your help. Employers will see something in you if you work harder than how much you are paid- get promotion fast.
  8. Willing & ability to learn new things: if you are a quick learner at work, it takes short time for people to train you. With good willingness, you are more likely to be assigned with challenging responsibilities.
  9. Honesty and integrity: You are trustworthy person and always support what company’s goal, vision, and mission for example. You don’t steal things or cheat other people.

Earning university degree is not enough to get employed. You need many other soft skills to add value to your job hunting ability. These are just common things that I notice when listening to employers’ expectation over fresh graduates. If you can make time, I do recommend you take an internship during your last year at college in order that you earn both degree and practical experience that make you outstanding among other fresh graduates.

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Looking for jobs in Cambodia? Access these sources

If an opportunity doesn’t come to you, go out and get one for yourself today. Like finding a job, to get employed you need to put great effort to actively seek your wanted position because you are in the competitive world.

In Cambodia, it is very common for people to find job opportunities by browsing online. But how about the fact is that there are many hidden job vacancies which are not posted in those job websites?

Finding a job hard is not enough. You need a smart way that helps you get employed faster.

In this article, I would like to discuss 10 ways that helps you access to open and hidden jobs in Cambodia.

Also read: Job Interview Tips: Before, During, and After

1. Job portal websites

The fastest updated job opportunities is online job board. In Cambodia, some of popular job websites are hrinc.com.kh, camhr.com, bongthom.com, pelprek.com, hrcambodia.com and a lot more.

2. Professional social network: Linkedin.com

Linkedin.com is worldwide known as a professional social network, so senior open positions are posted in this website. More importantly, it allows recruiters to search job seekers’ profile online and contact them directly. I do recommend you to create a Linkedin account and build your profile well.

3. National Employment Agency (NEA)

National Employment Agency (NEA) is an official institution of Cambodian government. This institution gathers and controls most of employment information including many job opportunities. It is a good idea to find employment information and new job opportunities on their website: http://www.nea.gov.kh

4. Headhunters and Recruitment Agencies

There are many recruitment agencies that find you a job in Cambodia; however, I do recommend HRINC (Cambodia) Co. Ltd., the biggest agency in Cambodia, which provides life-long support to job seekers. It has operated over 10 years up to now. So why not contact and drop your updated resume to their inbox?

5. Networking

Using network to find job is the fastest way in the modern work-life. People recommend job faster than it is posted in job websites. Most of jobs by networking are fit well with you because referrers know you well and are confident that you are the right person for the job.

6. Employers’ website and social media

If you wish to work for any certain employers, you can track their job opportunities by going directly to their website, and click on career menu. Before posting jobs in other websites, new job vacancies are usually posted in their websites or facebook page. Like it and get informed.

7. Newspaper Classified Ads

If you like to find job on newspaper, you are recommended to read some newspaper that contains classified ads. The most read newspaper includes The Cambodiadaily, Phnom Penh, Koh Sontepheap, Raksmey Kampuchea etc. These newspaper release daily issues.

8. Job fairs

Even though job fairs are not often hold in Cambodia, it is still a good idea to drop your resume during the event. Some companies including recruitment agencies provide candidates with walk-in interview and their HR staff notice your profile if they find that you can fit any of future jobs with them.

9. School information board

At university, there is always an information board that employers can drop their job announcements to be posted in. If you are currently a student, you should check jobs there often. Alternatively, you can contact students’ employment center at your university to consult and find you a job soon after you graduate.

10. Taking an Internship

If you don’t have working experience yet, you should take an internship. This builds not only your practical skills at work, but also professional networking. When you gain good communication and work quality, you are more likely to get hired as a full-time staff in the company without challenging with other candidates.

Browsing online websites, you can see only some of job opportunities that are posted in public. However, use all of above information sources to access to more hidden vacancies that still active in the job market. Keep searching different sources to locate your dream job until the right one is found.

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National Career fair 2014 at Koh Pich

On October 21-22, 2014 I joint the national job fair at Koh Pich, Phnom Penh. The event is organized by the National Employment Agency (NEA) of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. It’s a two-day wonderful event!

I like it so much because its administration fee is totally free, so thousands of people are attracted to join the two days. Most of participants are university students and some of them are office staff.

The event aims to provide students and people looking for job with opportunities to visit and talk to a number of potential employers that they like to work for, probably. At the same time, students also can communicate with other people from different districts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

For employer’s interest, the career fair helps employers sell their career opportunities to public people during the event. Also, they provide applicants with application forms to fill in and get contacted for future job interview. Other companies also conduct walk-in interview during that time.

Of course, my company HRINC (Cambodia) Co. Ltd also set up her booth to promote our recruitment service like every year. Anyway, I was not on duties in the first day morning, so I joint the fair like normal job seekers.

Time to explore…

On the first day, I spent the whole morning visiting and talking to new people and build new network there. Like everyone else I am happy to meet people and share name cards, especially taking photos to post in facebook. It was fun, of course.

There are different promotional activities by company setting booth in the area. Some companies present their demo products while others give public people free product to test. Young people are so interested in playing fun games in order to get free promotional gifts. It sounds a bit noisy but lively!

At 12:00pm students leave the building home for lunch. Some people go to eat their meal somewhere around Koh Pich so that they come back to their booth after the meal early. After around one hour and thirty minutes, there are new faces coming to the fair again. The people in the building started to be active and busy again.

Time to be on duties…

Now it’s time for me to be duties. However, fun is not finished yet.

Like everyone else in my team, I stand in in front of the company’s booth greeting and sharing brochures and leaflets to public people. To attract new people, we are friendly and give warm welcome to people passing us.

Also, we take turn to be a consultant. We monitored and helped students fill in their information into our company’s application form. Job seekers’ data is collected and typed into our system so that we can contact them later for job interview if any job fits their background.

At the booth, we reserve space at the back for walk-in interview too. As usual, our interview is more like career discussion rather than serious job interview. We make positive and relaxing interview environment so that people enjoy and bring their friends to be on the next interview.

In the evening…

In the evening everyone is tired after a full-day busy work. However, it is fun to work as team, promote company’s brand, and meet new people. We get a lot of candidates filling out our forms. We worked actively for two days long. Finally, we packed things back home in the evening of the last day of the event.

That is how we join career fair hold in Cambodia- fun, free, and get employed.

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Job Interview Tips: Before, During, After

“What can I do to pass a job interview?” This is the question I am often asked when I have a chit-chat with fresh graduates. Looking at their face, I can see that is the challenge they need to face sooner or later because In Cambodia getting employed is not a piece of cake if you don’t have working experience.

I told them that to pass a job interview they need a skill. That is the art of selling yourself to interviewers because good academic performance and having a good resume and a cover letter is not enough to get employed. Within challenging job market, they must stand out among other candidates.

On the web, I found a lot of articles giving advice to job seekers regarding how to get ready for job interview. Personally, I find them broad and some are not applicable to Cambodian labor market, so that might be the reason you should read this article.

If you are seeking a job in Cambodia and you are new to job interview, here are some interview tips which are more practical in Khmer culture.

Before the interview

  1. Know yourself:getting to know your talents, strength, and weakness gives you a lot of advantages for job interview. You know how to show up and present your matching potentiality with the job effectively. Knowing yourself helps you avoid revealing much of your weak points.
  1. Research Industry:the next thing is to explore kinds of company that you wish to work for. Learning products and services of the company makes you have things in mind to present what they the business sells during the interview. Knowing nothing about what the company sells in the market upsets the employers badly.
  1. Research employer:Use your network to learn specifically about the employer’s expectation for successful candidate of the position you are scheduled to get interviewed. Different employers expect differently from candidates to work with them in term of knowledge, skills, languages, ect.
  1. Read job announcement again:Sometimes you may have applied more than two positions at the same time, which makes you confused. Thus, it is highly recommended you re-read responsibilities, duties, and requirement in the job advertisement carefully until you understand and familiar with what the position is about.
  1. Practise with a friend:Learn to predict interview questions and ask experienced network about frequently asked questions for the position. Next find a trustworthy friend and have them as your interviewer. After the rehearsal, ask him or her to give constructive feedback about your interview performance. And practise it again.

During the interview

  1. Dress professionally:The way you dress tells employers who you are when they have a look at you, so wear smart dress. The best choice of clothes for both male and female candidates are those that worn by office staff. It is Ok for you to wear school uniform if you are still a student or fresh graduate, but make sure your clothes are clean and tidy.
  1. Arrive early:It is recommended that you need to arrive at the interview at least fifteen minutes before it starts. If you arrive earlier than that, it is even great because you have some more time to walk around the company, and get to know their staff if you are good at communication. Coming late for job interview is an unacceptable behavior, so if anything urgent that makes you late, do call to inform the employer to delay or rearrange the interview for you.
  1. Make positive impression:When you meet the interviewers, make sure that you are friendly, smiling and greeting them because how positive or negative feeling the interviewers have on you depends on this first impression. However, if you make them feel negative on you, it is hard for you recover positive interview environment.
  1. Use good eye contact:When you answer questions, you need to keep good eye contact. Looking at interviewers properly means that you are confident, attentive, and value them. Avoid losing eye contact too long when you are trying to think of the answers.
  1. Listen well:It is important that you pay hot attention to interviewers’ questions. Sometimes the interviewers may ask one question that includes two or more main points, so make sure that you understand them correctly before answering them. If you don’t understand a question, you ask them to paraphrase their questions, but not too often. Taking notes during job interview is also allowed if you feel need it.
  1. Use correct grammar and simple vocabulary:Mostly job interview is conducted in English language. It is important that you speak clear English. Avoid using complicated tenses or passive forms, which sounds unnatural. The common tense recommendation are present simple, past simple, and simple future tenses. Also, word choice should be simple and commonly used in everyday life.
  1. Feel relaxed:Don’t get nervous or too eager to answer questions. Speak naturally and try to think that it is just an employment discussion, not a serious job interview. Nervousness makes you confused and forget your preparation.

After the interview

  1. Write a follow-up email:After job interview, it is good idea if you write email to thank you the interviewers for spending their time meeting you. Thank you letter through email shows good communication skills, strong interest in the job, and politeness in Cambodian culture. Plus, your email makes your interviewers remember your application.
  1. Phone call: Alternatively, if you know someone working at the company, you can give him or her a call to see if he/she has known the progress of your application. If you don’t have a friend there, you can call to the interviewers using their name card given at the end of your interview. But make sure you call them at the right time; otherwise, calling becomes annoying busy business people.
  1. Always keep your phone on:Charge full battery and keep your phone on! Most of companies give positive feedback on job interview to applicants by their phone number. Usually, it takes one week to get back to applicants with positive interview result. Or you are invited to join the second round interview, so keep searching if you feel positive about your first round interview.

So far so good reading these tips, right?

Job interview is just like a normal conversation to discuss your potentiality, talent, and what can be offered to you. Feel relaxed and go for your dream job. Good luck for your interview!

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Just Become a Supervisor? Read these 6 tips

Your coworkers, friends, and family may celebrate when you gets promoted to the next level. Moving up to the supervisory level gives not only a pay rise, but also opportunity to perform better duties. It seems that the grass is now greener at your workplace to enjoy. You now lead a team. Well-done!

However, things are not as easy as your non-supervisory roles. Holding this new position is nerve racking experienced for most newly promoted supervisors. When you move to the supervision level, your relationship with your peers changes because you are their team leader now.

With your old job, you focused only on your performance, target, or KPIs. New position changes focus from individual achievement to team’s as a whole. Now your job is to make sure that team’s work is done effectively because you are completely tied to the performance of other people. There are much more to do now such as to encourage, solve problems, push, and pull team etc.

To handle a supervisory role and ensure team’s success, here are 6 tips you may want to read to be prepared for your newly promoted supervisor roles.

1. Mind your behavior

Generally grapevine is everywhere at workplace, so as a supervisor you should get yourself away from gossiping. People speak ill of other employees and management during coffee break, lunch time, in the elevator, or at their office table. When you see these behavior, don’t get involved in conversation.

For friendship, you should make balance for your communication with everyone in your team. Choosing only certain friends, and not others destroys team spirit and unity. In contrast, too close relationship steals away your authority power; for example, you will feel too sad to give penalty to the person you have close relationship with.

2. Don’t be a rescuer

Don’t give people fish, but teach them how to fish so that they learn to catch fish later without your support. When your team face challenge, don’t jump in to help. Instead, you should teach them how to solve problems, make things done, and support each other. This way gets them involved to build better teamwork and employee engagement.

3. Set standard to measure success

To measure team’s progress, you should set standard criteria to indicate success for your team. The thing to look at is to check work quality and cost effective. Also, see if team can follow timeliness when executing projects. As supervisor, you should often follow up to make sure everyone is on the right track to achieve team’s common goal.

4. Get everyone engaged

In addition to team meeting, you should make time to meet your team individually to see their expectation from you and show yours to them. Take time to explain, refresh, and keep everyone active about their goals. It is vital that you make them see how their effort contribute to, or have impacts on team’s success.

5. Stand firm with your goal

As a supervisor, you need to enhance the practice of rules and regulation for your team. Make sure everyone takes it serious to enforce them because good discipline shapes their way of thinking and doing their job. Plus, you need to be serious about achieving goals of team as well as those of company. Take time to meet, refresh, energize, and encourage them to reach team’s goals.

6. Learn from others

If you feel like having support on team supervision strategies, you should go to discuss your concern with other peer experienced supervisors to whom you are close. Alternatively, you can find consultation about leadership techniques with your management. Doing this way, you could learn their leadership skills and share experience with each other.

These are just some tips for those who are newly promoted to supervisor. If you feel need advice, these tips help you quite a lot during the first two or three weeks on the job. Because you are not born a leader and don’t have enough confidence to supervise your team, you can follow this advice or apply your own strategies to make the best of team success. With your new promoted position, I hope you’ll become a great supervisor and wonderful leader in the future.

Your turn!

Which of the above tips (or your strategies) that helps a new supervisor?

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Working at Bank in Cambodia. Amazing advantages

Thousands of students decide to major their degrees in finance and banking from universities ever year. Many of my friends are seeking opportunities to work in a bank. Professional experienced candidates that I interviewed tell me that working in a banking sector is strongly preferred. Of course, there are a lot more.

This is the personal trend of people seeking jobs in Cambodia. Both fresh graduates and experienced people give credits to those who get employed in bank. Seriously, whatever it costs them doesn’t matter providing that they gain an opportunity to work in banking industry.

Candidates are more likely to choose to work in a bank if they are offered two or more opportunities at the same time. In some cases, to build career in this sector professional experienced employees are willing accept offer that is equal to their current earning, or even lower rank in term of position title.

Why banking sector can attract and maintain their talented employees well?

Here are the 8 common reasons I often hear from fresh graduates and experienced staff when they are looking for jobs:

1. Image of bank

In Cambodia, the image of banking industry has tremendous impacts on how you are socially accepted. When people ask about your job, you are proud to introduce yourself to other people that you work in a bank and they appreciate your career. What’s more, people like to build professional network with you when they know that you work in banking sector, and so do your neighbor.

2. Professionalism matter

Working in bank shapes your professionalism. At work you learn how to do things in professional way in term of communication, dressing up, behavior, language choice etc. These rules and regulations teach you to be professional with both internal team and customer relationship. Another thing is being a staff at bank, you also need to be professional with your private life; otherwise, it affects the company’s reputation.

3. Challenging working environment

It is said that if you want to challenge your career, come to work in bank. To handle your roles well, you are required to be talented and highly productive in what you are doing. For instance, you need to manage your heavy work effectively for both quantity and quality, so the ability to meet deadline is serious when you join this industry. Besides that, you need an ability to learn new things quickly and have good problem solving skills etc.

4. Standard policy

All banking institutions in Cambodia apply standardized policy to all employees including management levels. The system of operating work is fair and transparent, which means like everyone else you have the same opportunities to be rewarded for good work, or punished if you do unwanted things that is not compliant with the policy.

5. Outstanding pay and benefits

Similar to international companies, compensation and benefit structure offers staff competitive wage and benefits compared to other industries or local private company. In addition to high basic pay, financial motivation includes state and private insurance, medical care and hospitalization, year end-bonus, staff loan, 13th salary, 14th salary, and 15th salary based their policy.

6. Job stability

With competitive job market, bank is the most trusted industry that ensures employees’ job stability. Unlike other companies, bank has strong financial status to ensure the sustainability of business operation and growth. The risk of bankruptcy is much lower than other industry, so you feel warm to commit long-term working in bank.

7. Opportunity to grow

Because the industry has shown big increase, you have more available opportunities to grow your career. Internally, while business is growing, it also creates new space for you to be promoted to hold new roles or position. Or you are offered learning opportunities by working in other departments. Besides, there is budget for staff development and advancement to learn professional courses that help increase productivity so on and forth.

8. Networking in banking industry

Last but not least, working in bank you have chance to know people and build professional network with them. One way for networking you can build good communication and relationship in the company and other branches throughout the country. For external networking, chance to know other professional people is to join events and banking association.

Because banking sector increases sharply in the country, Cambodian employees are flocking to join and build their career within this industry. Working in bank build your professional image in society. For excellent advantages, it provides you with great pay, plus outstanding other benefits. Also, you can challenge yourself if you have opportunity to work in banking sector.

Your turn!

Why do you want to work in bank?

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How to Criticize Constructively

To criticize means to hurt others if you don’t know how to make it constructive. It results in misunderstanding and upsetting behavior. Perhaps it may break good relationship if you don’t know how to deliver the feedback message properly. That is the reason you should be careful when giving feedback to other people even a close friend.

Don’t pull back your feedback, when you see people doing wrong things and you want to improve them. You probably can stop a problem growing bigger within your team. Personally, you may gain better relationship and trust when you make people see that you are trying to save them or their work.

For me, I can’t stand watching people I know going on wrong tracks because I believe that good friends help, encourage, and change each other. However, I do need the art to criticize people constructively.

To see better changes, here are some tips you should use to criticize people criticize constructively.

1. Focus on behavior, not the person.

To make people see their points to be improved, you should tell which part of their behavior needs to be modified. If you stress on who do things, they feel being attacked personally. For example, if you say, “John, you are careless,” it sounds offending. However, it would sound more positive if you change to something like “John, ordering wrong material costs us lot, so please do it more carefully next time.”

2. Be specific about the problem.

When you give feedback, avoid making general comments, but raise behavior to be modified specifically. General comments make things confusing to people and they don’t know which of behavior that needs to be changed. Consider when your manager tells you that your attitude is poor, you will feel offended by this generalization about yourself. How about being a bit more specific? A better way to give constructive feedback should be something like “Your lateness to work affects your performance.”

3. Give reasons for criticizing.

Find a good reason and show the purpose of your criticism. The primary purpose of constructive criticizing is to make changes and build individuals. This works well if you are talking to people you are close to. Another reason to give feedback is to raise concern on interest and well-being of team as a whole- explain that they have great impacts on team’s success. People listen and accept changes as long as they understand your purpose clearly.

4. Use a neutral tone of voice.

Suppose that one of employees did serious thing affecting you and company. If you realize that you are not in a good mood because of the problem, make sure you are calm before giving comments to other people. Take a break and find other time to talk when you feel better. If you are not good at using neutral tone of voice, alternatively you may consider email writing. This way you can hide your aggressive tone of voice if you can’t manage to be friendly with them. In addition, you have enough time to be calm through positive words in your email.

5. Keep it short.

Criticism is painful to hear for people in general because they don’t like to hear their weak points discussed, so keep it as short as possible. The more you discuss their weak points, the more misunderstand they might have on you.

Of course, to criticize constructively is not an easy job to do, so you need real art to deliver the message. People don’t like to be judged by others. Therefore, you should build each other because you don’t know how long you will be working with your colleagues, supervisors and bosses. Remember that people grow with motivation and encouragement, but not with hurting, destructive words.

Your turn!

How do you give feedback to people who work with you?

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The Power of Sense of Belonging

A sense of belonging is how employees feel being a part of a team, welcomed, appreciated, trusted, and fit in their workplace.

Feeling a sense of belonging has tremendous impacts on organizational stability and growth because it maintains and increases employees’ performance and loyalty. Individually it creates powerful emotions and makes an open door for employees to see the meaning of work. The more sense of belonging employees feel, the more productive they are.

Here are 8 positive impacts employees have on the company when they feel a sense of belonging in their organization.

1. Enjoy working

Feeling accepted in team increases employees’ job satisfaction. When they are happy with their job, they are optimistic, enjoy challenge and consider obstacles as learning opportunities. Enjoying their duties, they are open to receive feedback and make things change. Plus, they manage stress more effectively.

2. Show great commitment

With commitment, employees feel encouraged to work extra-hours when they needed. Committed workers don’t mind being called to finish urgent tasks on the weekend or public holidays. In addition, they are willing and motivated to accept more workload and make things done.

3. Improve productivity

As earlier points, there is no doubt that when employees are committed and happy with their job, their productivity is also increased. That’s the things to produce more products and service to sell in the market.

4. Have loyalty to their company

Employees are motivated to stay long-term when they feel that they considered an important part of the organizational growth. They won’t leave even other company pays bigger salary. If they do, they are more likely to return because they consider workplace as their home.

5. Consider business as their own

Sense of belonging makes employees take the best care of company’s business because they feel that it also belongs to them. Besides their daily job, they care much about the health of business, so they try to partially make business grow.

6. Protect company’s interest

Whatever they do, they think about company’s interest. That means because of sense of belonging to a company, employees help save various expenses. They always remember to turn off lights and air-conditioner when leaving their office, for example.

7. Collaborate between teams and departments

Sense of belonging makes best communication process within a team. Plus, when employees from other teams or departments feel accepted, they reduce many forms of cross-departmental conflicts. They understand, give constructive feedback, and build each other.

8. Help people around to grow

Rather than competing to show individual high performance, employees work in a culture of building each other. They change to correct and show people around ways to grow. They believe that everyone is a family who can teach new knowledge and skills to achieve the common goal of the company.

9. Reduce conflict of interest

When employees see value of association, they change their focus from individual achievement to success for the whole team. Consequently, they don’t fight much for their own interest, but company’s as a whole.

Making workplace a “home” requires management to creatively produce plan activities and events that will energize employees to have powerful connection to company’s growth. So stop hiring people but make employees “family” to your company.

Your turn!

What makes you feel sense of belonging at your workplace?

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Become Good Role Model. Supervisor Tips

A role model inspires greatness in and makes a good example for other people to follow. To become a good role model, you supervisor are required to demonstrate your behavior which is emulated by other employees. The first thing that your employees set your supervision score is through watching the way you treat people under your supervision as well as those working around you.

You can make a good model when you can leads by example. That means showing standard and results to your subordinates. When you demonstrate your high performance, you can equip yourself with expert power to influence how your employees achieve your team’s goal.

Role modelling plays an important role in maintaining continuous, high standards within your team. Being a good supervisor, you should reinforce your employees to follow rules and regulations of your company effectively.

Does it sound hard to be a good supervisor? Here are 8 ways you can make a successful role model supervisor:

1. Give employees a respectful hearing

Always be a good listener to concerns raised and suggestions commented by your employees and more importantly you should not assume their points. You need to listen hard and wait them to finish their statement because your role is to listen to understand, not to react. Then take action only if you listen and understand their problems well.

2. Give reward based on objective measures

The thing that matters about sharing team’s interest is about how you can make it fair for everyone who contributes more or less to the success of the team. Therefore, to avoid conflict of interest, reward should be given to individuals objectively. For instance, if you share sales commission to your team objectively, you share each person based on actual sales target they hit while subjectivity refers to thoughts and opinions.

3. Make time for social work

Take some of your weekend to lead your team to join charitable work. It’s a good way to make you a good model in social contribution, such charitable activities build your company brand in the society. Also, you have a chance to buy your team time and space to make individuals united, relaxed so that everyone have time to understand each other more about both private and work life.

4. Call daily meetings before work gets started

A short meeting or gathering before beginning work gives employees time to plan, ask questions, and raise concerns if they might have. Everyone is encouraged to share idea on how to get things done effectively and solve previous problems of the day. As a supervisor, you need to give strong support, help employees face challenge, and make changes to your plan and assignment if necessary.

5. Assign reasonable work to each employees

One way to keep your employees motivated and enjoy their work is to check their workload more often. Employees who carry overloaded assignments usually become stressed easily, so you can have someone else to assist him/her immediately. However, if other team are not busy you should find and/or delegate appropriate tasks for them to challenge so that they won’t be sleeping in the office. By doing so, your employees feel the sense of being understood and taken care of.

6. Promote learning opportunities/advancement

Create culture of continuous learning to your team to keep up-to-date to current trend of their career. If there is budget available, you can send them to college or join professional training courses that help improve their productivity. For in-house training, you can also arrange some sessions for employees from different departments to share new knowledge and skills they’ve learnt.

7. Priorities- Put employee a head of your ego

Remember that when employees are successful, you supervisor are also successful because you are the leader. Thus, your job is to show up that you are facilitating them to grow. Whatever you do is to walk them to success, not you are trying to grab their opportunities. When an employee makes achievement, it is necessary for you to give credit to the successful person.

8. Apply ethical standards

You have done a lot of things to make yourself a good model, so you should not let any minor things to spoil your relationship with your employees. You will never lie or cheat them on the way you treat them. If you steal something from them, you are wearing away their trust in you. Remember that one problem you made needs hundreds of solutions to fix it, so never lie, cheat, or steal even on small matters.

Your turn!

In what ways, do you think supervisors make themselves a good role model?

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